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The 2016 Create Your Space Scholarship

With the average dorm room size hovering around 200 square feet, decorating your freshman year dorm room can be a challenge. Between two beds, two desks, a fridge, a microwave, extra storage, a television, and seating, living in a tiny dorm room has become a rite of passage for thousands of college freshmen. By using tricks like lofting beds, adding shelving, and using ottomans that double as storage crates, college freshmen have been able to make the most out of their small spaces.


At Next Door Self Storage, we’re all about creating extra space for our customers, so that they don’t have unnecessary items cluttering their homes or offices. College freshmen face storage dilemmas every day; after all, there’s no room in your dorm’s closet to have both winter and summer clothes at the same time, and you probably have to make the tough choice between having a futon or keeping your beds unbunked. Having even a little extra space could make a world of difference – so what if you had an extra 100 square feet?


By writing an essay that answers the question “What would you do with an extra 100 square feet in your dorm room or apartment?” you might win a $1,000 prize. We’re offering $1,000 to be used towards books, school supplies, and all of the other things that take up space in your dorm room. All we need from you is a 600-word essay sharing what you’d do with an extra 100 square feet of space in your dorm room.


Note that the scholarship is available to freshmen or incoming freshmen for the Spring 2016 semester, and you don’t need to reside in a dorm to be eligible.


Essays will be judged on voice, creativity, and grammar. We encourage you to explore outside the box for your answers- maybe your extra-large dorm room would include a 3D printer, a massage table, an Italian espresso machine, or a dedicated space for your yoga practice. Whatever your dream dorm room would include, we want to hear about it!


Email scholarship entries as an attachment to The deadline for this scholarship is 2/29/2016. This scholarship is open to incoming and current freshmen only.


The Fine Print


– To apply for the scholarship, applicant must be a freshman or incoming freshman currently enrolled at a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States.

–  If the applicant or the applicant’s parent/legal guardian is employed by Next Door Self Storage at the time of award, the student is not eligible for the scholarship.

–  Eligibility of finalists will be verified before winners are selected.

–  Applicant must use the scholarship toward undergraduate programs (i.e. Graduate and Masters programs not eligible).


Incoming Freshmen

Applicant must be a current student, have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale and have taken either the ACT or SAT test.


Current Freshmen

Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale and be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for Fall 2016.


Description of Scholarship Funds

The selected winner will receive a one-time $1,000 educational scholarship to be applied to qualified expenses, including undergraduate tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board for the 2016-2017 academic school year. Funds are provided by Next Door Self Storage. Payments are issued by Digital Third Coast Internet Marketing, and are made payable to the student’s approved college or university and mailed after 3/15/2016 directly to the accredited college or university last designated by the student.


Selection and Announcement of Winners

Winners will be selected by the Next Door Self Storage team after the deadline of 2/29/2016. Applicants are judged on quality and thoughtfulness of entries. The winners will be announced on or before3/15/2016.


College/University Approval

The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.


Responsibilities of Recipients

The recipient must be actively enrolled full-time as a freshman for the 2016-2017semester and for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency or military service. It is the recipient’s responsibility to verify receipt of funds with their designated institution and notify Next Door Self Storage, should the award check not arrive on or about 30 days from the issue date. Next Door Self Storage reserves the right to alter or discontinue this program at any time without notice.


Digital Rights Agreement

By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree that all essay and photo submissions will become the property of Next Door Self Storage and may be used in marketing materials, reposted or displayed online in whole or partial form without notification.